November 7th, 2011
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Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving – nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.

Other families stray away from the standards (some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck) and develop their own must-indulge traditions.

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  1. Thea

    I'm Thankful Jeann won't be at our Thanksgiving table where his/her delicate sensibilities would doubtless be offended.

    And I plan on eating delicious potluck dinner with people I love (who sometimes irritate me) watching football, taking a long walk, and watching the Euro slowly circle the drain until it slips away, taking it's fake pictures of non-existent monuments and hopes and dreams with it.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
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